Personalized Learning commitment in action – #T3Learns #nspiredatT3

Imagine being part of a faculty of 3oo members from across the globe.  What would that faculty meeting look like?  Would there be any way to customize and personalize the learning for all of these adult-learners? Can you image the work it would take?  Wouldn’t it be easier to have a single agenda for the day?  Which is the better model for teachers – a one-size-fits-all approach to learning or a menu of choices where the learner can choose their learning experiences?

Kevin Spry, Instructor Relations and Development Manager for Texas Instruments – Educational Technology, and his team took on the task of offering learner-choice at this year’s faculty meeting.

We are pleased to create individual schedules for the almost 300 instructors in attendance at PD day on March 7, covering over 50 sessions.

Wow!  I received email confirmation of my personalized agenda prior to the conference.

From: Spry, Kevin
Date: Sunday, March 3, 2013 7:44 AM
To: Jill Gough
Subject: PD Day Schedule for March 7, 2013

Dear Jill Gough,

We look forward to seeing you shortly for the upcoming International Conference and Instructor PD Day in Philadelphia!

As mentioned in earlier emails, registration for instructors is on Wednesday March 6, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

The location is the 5th floor foyer, outside Salon I, J of the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia hotel.

There is a reception planned from 7:00-10:00 pm in Salon I, J.

If you miss this, registration will open up prior to breakfast, in the same location at 6:45 am Thursday morning.

Please ensure you register to receive your badge, conference bag, etc.

We are pleased to create individual schedules for the almost 300 instructors in attendance at PD day on March 7, covering over 50 sessions.

Below is your schedule.  We attempted to give people all their higher ranked choices but apologize in advance if that was not possible in your case.

We trust you will be excited about the sessions and look forward to a rewarding day!

PD Day – Philadelphia – March 7, 2013

7:00-7:45 am  Breakfast  Salon G, H  5th floor Marriott

7:45-8:15 am  Opening Session  Salon G, H  5th floor Marriott

PD Day sessions are all on the 4th floor of the Marriott
Please Note:  The two-hour sessions are simply listed back to back on the same room.

8:30-9:30 am  Art of Questioning  Franklin 12/13

9:45-10:45 am  Art of Questioning  Franklin 12/13

11:00-noon  CCSS Math Practices  Franklin 6

12:00-1:10 pm  Lunch and Leadership Awards  Salon G, H  5th floor Marriott

1:10-1:30 pm  Housekeeping Items for North American instructors  Salon G, H  5th floor Marriott

1:45-2:45 pm  Design for Learning  Franklin 12/13

3:00-4:00 pm  Design for Learning  Franklin 12/13

4:15-5:00 pm  North American instructors – Optional Q&A session following up from Housekeeping  Rm 407/408 4th floor Marriott
4:15-5:00 pm  European instructors – Meeting in Room 403 4th floor Marriott
4:15-5:00 pm  Australian instructors – Meeting in Room 404 4th floor Marriott

4:30-6:00 pm  All instructors are invited to drop in for meet and greet with special 25th anniversary guests, Room 410 4th floor Marriott

6:00-9:00 pm  Silent Auction, Dinner and 25th Anniversary Celebrations  Salon G, H 5th floor Marriott

See you in a few days,

Kevin

As I learn more about designing, facilitating, and customizing learning for the 150 adult-learners in my school community, I am challenged and encouraged by Kevin’s excellent vision and leadership.  I am grateful that my schedule has been designed for me with my input. I aspire to serve my school community as Kevin serves our T³ community.

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